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    Wall Street Journal: Data Are Stolen From Hospitals

    The Wall Street Journal reports on private medical data being stolen from hospitals:

    The confidential personal health data of about 1.7 million New York City patients, hospital staffers and others were stolen in December, the city’s Health and Hospitals Corp. reported Friday.

    The medical files, which were stored on magnetic data tapes and extend back as long as 20 years, were stolen on Dec. 23 from an unlocked vehicle belonging to GRM Information Management Services, the city’s medical-records vendor based in Jersey City, N.J.

    The medical files also included the confidential information of hospital employees, vendors and contractors at Jacobi Medical Center, North Central Bronx Hospital, Tremont Health Center and Gunhill Health Center.

    There is no indication that the data have been misused, according to officials with HHC. Accessing the files would require specialized technical expertise, officials said. […]

    HHC has terminated its relationship with GRM and filed a lawsuit Thursday against the medical-records vendor. The lawsuit seeks to hold GRM responsible for the costs of notifying affected individuals and for any related damages. […]

    Notification letters have been sent in 17 languages to patients who have had their data stolen, and the city is offering one year of credit-protection services to the victims.

    The information in the files includes names, addresses, Social Security numbers and medical information.

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